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How it all came about

Blick was formed in 2007 by a group of young creatives who wanted to come together to create a great workspace for creatives in Belfast. Our ambition was to create beautiful but affordable spaces for creatives to work in. Spaces for like-minded creatives to meet and share resources, ideas and inspiration. Spaces to build a sense of community and encourage, support and inspire each other. As the idea grew and evolved, Christine took over managing Blick while others in the group focused on their own creative businesses. Christine’s sister Rosy came on board as a volunteer initially to manage the financial side of the organisation. Together they have been managing Blick since 2007.

Blick provides fully serviced shared workspace and private studio space to more than 65 creatives across 3 different locations within Belfast in Northern Ireland. Blick also provides virtual office services, meeting and event spaces and runs different events, workshops and projects to help build community and support creatives in Belfast.

You can see more of our story below and find our more about our aims & values, our impact and our projects.


We have been working hard to rebuild following the pandemic and have updated the studios. We have some lovely new photos and have refreshed our website with new useful content for creatives in Belfast. In collaboration with Creating A Space, we recently created Our Time is Now, a video podcast series sharing the stories of 5 Belfast Creatives. You can find out more abour Our Time is Now below.

We are working with Belfast Design Week and VentureFolk on a new project combining design and growing to explore the potential for supporting residents to grow their own food within the urban environments of Botanic and the Holylands in Belfast.

We have also planned a new program of Summer events and workshops for Belfast creatives. We have exciting things planned for the future and are looking forward to continuing our different creative adventures and projects and supporting creatives in Belfast.


Our Time is Now
Esther Mogada and Macy Stewart Our Time is Now Video Podcast

In 2021 we finished our Womenfolk Dig Deep Programme supporting 27 young creative women on their journey to start their own creative businesses with weekly resources including 10 industry expert videos on topics including A DIY Guide on Creating Your Own Brand, A DIY Guide on Setting up a Website A DIY Guide on Instagram and A DIY Guide on Photographing Your Work for the broader creative community.

We also worked with Belfast Design Week to launch My Block, a directory to celebrate and champion independent business and culture in Northern Ireland.

Womenfolk Dig Deep Participant Sarah Cathers

In 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic closed our studios for three months. It also gave us the opportunity to run a creative enterprise programme for young women called Dig Deep which supported 27 young women over a 9-month period to start their own creative businesses.

We hosted a podcast series on the impact of the pandemic on creatives and also expanded our Popup Design Museum during Belfast Design Week. Exhibiting design work by local designers in the windows of independent venues throughout Belfast City Centre to create an interactive but covid safe activity for the public.

Belfast Design Week Billboard

In 2018 we launched our sister company, creative consultancy Flock, to bring together the creatives involved with Blick to work on different multidisciplinary creative projects.

Flock Creative Consulting

In 2017 we set up a new venture called Womenfolk to celebrate and promote women creative entrepreneurs.

We were excited to be involved again with Belfast Design Week in its 3rd year & new design events such as Late Night Design.

We moved from 52 Hill Street to Cotton Court in the Cathedral Quarter – a building full of creative companies.


Supporting more creatives

Increased income from growing our organisation gave us the opportunity to expand the free support we provide for creative entrepreneurs, including:

  • Blick Academy for Creative Startups
  • Share 6 inspirational talks for creative entrepreneurs
  • 25 Pop-Up
  • The Faculty workshops and courses
  • Creative Business Bootcamp
  • Belfast Design Week
  • Graduate residency programme
Networking Event for Creatives

Growing more

We opened Eighty81 Creative Workspace in Derry-Londonderry, providing workspace for 18 businesses as well as the Nest incubation program, creative events and support.

In Belfast, there was a growing market for our services, so we opened a second set of premises in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, providing workspace for an additional 18 businesses.

2015 was the year of Irish Design, and we secured funding to run a variety of design events and co-founded Belfast Design Week.

2015 Belfast Design Week Launch

Expanding to the North West

We secured a 3-year contract to manage the creative hub in Ebrington in Derry/Londonderry to provide incubation space, workspace and events and support for the creative industries within the city.

We developed the brand and concept for Eighty81 Creative Workspace on behalf of Ilex Urban Regeneration.

Eighty81 Creative Workspace Ebrington

Growing Blick

We moved into our first Cathedral Quarter premises allowing us to provide space for an additional 15 businesses.

With the premises being so close to Ulster University, we were able to connect more with students and startups and build our existing creative community through meetups and events.

Blick Shared Studios Hill Street

Creative events

From 2008 – 2010 we ran a variety of events and courses to support small and startup creative businesses within Belfast, including Blick Business Blitz and the Evolve Programme.

We saw a need to create more interactive and engaging enterprise events and set up Creative Camp Belfast – an interactive un-conference style event designed to connect local creative entrepreneurs and encourage them to share their stories and speak on various topics.

Networking event for creatives at the Black Box Belfast

Moving into Malone

With support from Ulster University and Belfast City Council we moved into our first permanent space at 51 Malone Road.

We focused on becoming independently sustainable by renting our studio spaces, event spaces and offering virtual services. By the end of 2008, we provided space to 15 different creative businesses.

Blick Shared Studios Malone Road

By Creatives, for Creatives

Blick was set up by a group of creative entrepreneurs struggling to find suitable creative studio space in Belfast.

Our first studio was a rented warehouse in the City Centre which we set up with the help of £5,000 from UnLtd.

Plant in Blick Shared Studios Hill Street

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Introducing our new reformatted Junior.Senior. events. A series of leisurely bi-monthly Saturday morning brunch events for creative women in Belfast. Where over coffee, fruit and pastries within an intimate setting two local creative women will share the stories of their creative journeys. Each event will feature an established self-employed creative woman complimented by a young emerging creative starting out on their creative journey. Each speaker will tell the story of their creative journey so far and share honestly the challenges and opportunities they face. Giving different perspectives on the different stages of the creative journey.

These events are all about sharing knowledge and skills within the creative community so we can help each other grow. There will also be opportunities for meeting like-minded people, building community and creating new connections and helping champion young emerging designers by giving them the opportunity to share their story to a supportive and encouraging local audience.

Kick starting Saturday 15th June at 11.30am in our Hill Street Studios!

Event Date(s): June 15, 2024

Event Time: 11.30am

Location: Blick Shared Studios, Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LB

Cost: Donation
Can't wait for this sold out event next week with Paul Boal founder of Clever Ghost sharing his creative story!
Another chance to see our latest roundup of funding, support, opportunities, events, exhibitions and festivals for creatives


- £575,000 Augment the City Challenge Fund
- CIRCE Fellowship Programme 2024
- Beyond Literature Borders – International Work Grant
- Call 2 of the Digital Transformation Flexible Fund (DTFF) is now open for expressions of interest
- InvestNI new £5 million programme has launched to support entrepreneurs and high growth start-ups in Northern Ireland.
- InnovateUK Smart Grants: Up to £1M
- Catalyst Stryve Programme
- Invent Awards
- Creative Lunch Club
- The National Lottery Support for Individual Artists Programme – Travel Awards – rolling programme
- Digital Arts Studios XR Research & Development Lab
- Craft NI Garden Show Ireland Craft Village Call Out
- Women in Business and Techstart Female Founders Grant
- The Content Fund
- National Trust Time and Space Newton Competition
- The SideQuest X Creature Indie VR Fund
- Horizon Europe Pump Priming Programme
- British Council International Collaboration Grants
- Poetry with pride
- Wheelworks Arts I Will Volunteering Programme
- Venice gap-financing market call for projects


Ringside, an exhibition of drawings and paintings by Sean McGibbon, celebrating Belfast’s boxing culture.
Venue: Ormeau Baths Belfast
Date: 18 Apr at 6pm

Lavery on Location
Venue: Ulster Museum
Dates: 23rd Feb -  9th Jun


Go Succeed business events

AI and the Future of Live Experience
Date and time: 10 Apr, 3pm - 5pm
Location: online 

How to produce a kick ass application
Date and time: 10 Apr, 11 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Online

XR Network+ online seminar: Sound Design in Virtual Production
Date and time: Wed, 17 Apr 2024 14:00 - 15:15 BST
Location: Online
Pop Up Gallery Belfast

Dates and times: Sat 20th and Sun 28th Apr, 11am to 3pm
Location: Black Box Belfast

East Block Bazaar
Date and time: Sun 28th April 1pm to 5pm
Location: Banana Block


Foyle Film Festival 2024 – Reel Lives
10 to 27 Apr

Hit the north
20th - 30th April

The 24th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
2 to 12 May

You can read the full listings including links on our blog
A quick recap of the month of March at Blick!

- After a couple of years break, we gave ourselves a deadline and finally got our act together and re-launched our Womenfolk project ( for creative women on International Women’s Day

- Including doing a call out for creative women business owners to feature on our Womenfolk platform (

- And inviting new members to join our ongoing Womenfolk Peer Mentoring group which meets on the last Tuesday of every month

- We welcomed new residents Horrible Brands to join our Cotton Court studios

- We completed an application for an exciting international project and connected with an international partner for another exciting project we hope to apply for this month

- We published the third exercise on creative and business values on our new resources for creatives section on our website

Looking back at what you have achieved in the past month is a great exercise in itself, to remind you that things are moving forwards and you are making progress even if it doesn’t always feel like it!
It's almost the weekend and a long one and it's stopped raining! Happy Easter 🐣 🐰
Did you know that we also offer virtual office services for creatives?

Our virtual office services is an affordable business address service for creatives giving you access to a commercial business address, for a professional image and keeping your home address private.

Whether you are just starting out and can’t yet afford workspace or are happy to work from home but seeking a professional public image for your business.

With our virtual office service you can use our City Centre Cathedral Quarter address 46 Hill Street, BT1 2LB for your creative business for only £22.50 per month (paid quarterly) or £200 per year.

We have a small team ensuring you get a friendly, personal and professional service and as a local social enterprise it means your money goes back into the local economy and to support the creative industries in Northern Ireland.

Have a look at our website for more info and to read our FAQs (link in profile) or email for more info
Our beautiful chandelier in our Malone studios as it changes through the seasons
Sunny Friday vibes in between the showers in our Malone studios this afternoon!
This month's new exercise on our website for anyone starting a new creative business is all about working out your personal and business values to help you define and develop your creative idea.

I first did a similar exercise to this when setting up Blick on a NESTA creative enterprise course way back in 2007 and it has been invaluable in helping me to make decisions and plans since and is really worth spending time on when starting out.

You can download the exercise as a PDF or word document on the creative resources section of our website (link in bio)

#blickcreativeresources #blickstudios #creativebusinessresources
Our next Blick Academy Creative Talk on Wed 17th April is by local designer and creative company founder Paul Boal!

Paul Boal is the Founder of Clever Ghost @‌thatcleverghost a brand and design studio based in Holywood, Northern Ireland. Founded in 2018 with a mission to influence positive change through clever design.

Paul and his team have created and managed brands across a diverse range of clients around the world from start-ups and SMEs to multinational companies.

His experience spans 14 years in the creative industry. To date, he has worked with clients including Cowen, the Irish Football Association, Queen’s University, Qualcom and evian in developing their brands and engaging with their audiences over numerous projects. Before founding Clever Ghost in 2018, Paul cut his teeth in various in-house design jobs. Eventually, he freelanced his way into several small design studios, overseeing the design team at a leading packaging company and working as a part-time lecturer in Creative Media.

Paul is one of our past creative residents at Blick and has done such an amazing job growing his business over the past few years, we are really excited to hear his story on how he started and has grown his creative business and his plans for the future.

You can find out more about Paul on his website: and instagram: @‌thatcleverghost


Date: Wednesday 17th April

Time: 7 - 8pm

Location: Blick Hill Street

Cost: Free

For more info and to book your ticket, visit the events page of our website (link in bio)
After a bit of a break following the pandemic, we are delighted this International Women's Day to bring back our project for creative women. New events and opportunities coming soon!
Tired of working from home? We have just this one lovely desk available in our Hill St studios for £165 per calendar month all inclusive 

Send us a DM or email for more information or to arrange a viewing or visit the Hill St workspace page on our website (link in profile)
Feels like spring on Hill St today. Blue skies, 🌞 queues for🍦and 🚲 

#cathedralquarterbelfast #cathedralquarter
Our second Blick Academy Creative Talk of 2024 with a local creative sharing their creative story is coming up on Wed 17th April at 7pm. Speaker details coming soon...

Booking details on our website 

#creativeinspiration #nicreatives ##creativesupport